Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today highlighted a $100,000 investment toward the completion of a project that will encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and provide British Columbians with more options to charge their electric vehicles.
The Provincial Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources contributed an additional $50,000 to this project.
The funding was used to build two new electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at the Squamish Liquor Store as part of a commitment by both governments to support the transportation sector in its transition to a clean energy future.
In partnership with LeadingAhead Energy Inc., which managed the overall project, the stations will support the local Squamish economy by offering additional fast chargers to serve electric vehicle drivers on the road in B.C. The chargers, which are now operational, are located within one kilometre of a highway or core route.
The federal funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative and is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reach an ambitious target of 100 percent of passenger zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.
“The Government of Canada is creating new innovative opportunities that will benefit Canadians, our economy and the environment. This investment in electric vehicles provides Canadians with cleaner options on the road, bringing us closer to a competitive, zero-emissions transportation sector,” said MP Patrick Weiler.